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Sustainability

Living walls and bioactive concrete

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on May 16, 2018

Ever wondered why parks make us so happy in the summer? Or why we all run to the Cotswolds or the Lake District whenever we have a long weekend? Well, it could be the effect of Biophilia.

Biophilia is the theory that we are drawn to nature, and that being amongst plants and nature is beneficial to our mental and physical health.

As our cities grow and space is quickly devoured to create room for us all, what is next for our green spaces?

"Being amongst plants and nature is beneficial to our mental and physical health"

Enter stage left: The living wall.

bring a slice of the country - blue brick construction living walls[Photo Credit: Blue Brick Construction]

The living wall is one of the best developments in the fusion of nature and construction technology. We are in a world where we can harness the strength, durability and unique capabilities of nature.

The first living wall was created by Patrick Blanc alongside architect Adrien Fainsilber in 1986.

"We are in a world where we can harness the strength, durability and unique capabilities of nature"

Living walls are being used as a unique form of insulation, air purifiers, sound reduction and biophilic tools. Is there anything they can’t do? It certainly helps that they are outstanding to look at!

The best part might just be that living walls are achievable by anyone. You can buy beginners kits online, as well as see large scale and artistic living wall installations all over the world.

If you’re worried about the lifespan, Patrick Blanc has a vertical garden in his office which is now over 30 years old!

Now, how about bioactive concrete?

bring a slice of the country - bioactive concrete[Photo Credit: Moore Concrete]

Bioactive concrete is a type of porous concrete with the density to create moist nooks and crannies that support plants without the need for soil. ECOncrete created this particular form of concrete for use in marine construction. Though designed to be used exclusively under water it was showing promise for above ground, and our urban built up environments.

An excellent addition to the biophilia scene, don’t you think?

The development in bioactive concrete is a really positive step toward the construction industry impacting our lives and not the planet.

As we find more ways to reduce our carbon footprint and be more at one with nature, these kinds of developments are only going to get more exciting and accessible.

Tags: Sustainability

AUTHOR
Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.